Understanding Education: Contexts and Agendas for the New Millennium

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Understanding Education: Contexts and Agendas for the New Millennium

By Daphne Meadmore, Bruce Burnett, Peter O'Brien
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This text is written primarily for undergraduate students of education who are studying subjects in the Sociology of Education. It aims to support students in understanding the dynamic nature of education and the political, economic and social agendas, which precipitate educational change.

In portraying education as a changing, complex and contested field, Understanding Education invites students to review assumptions made on the basis of individual experience. The contributors to this multi-authored text analyse the extent of change within Australian education, while also focusing on present conditions, historical antecedents and the demands of the new millennium.

Understanding Education
closely scrutinises the powerful discourses, which shape Australian and international trends in education. It uses a "sociological lens" to explore issues, and is written in a way which will inspire students commencing their study of education at tertiary level. As a text for students beginning, and reviewing, their understandings in the study of education, Understanding Education aims to open up the field of sociology of education to new and exciting possibilities.

Understanding Education has been edited by Daphne Meadmore, Bruce Burnett and Peter O'Brien, all lecturers from the School Of Cultural Studies at the Queensland University of Technology.

  • Written in a scholarly, but accessible style
  • Sociology of education is presented as an exciting, relevant and rigorous discipline
  • Presented in two sections - contexts and agendas, which are treated interdependently. In a post-modern context, issues such as community, gender, youth, social class, race and multiculturalism are profoundly influenced by, and in turn also impact on, new agendas such as marketisation, globalisation, devolution and leadership
  • Questions of "what's going on here?" and "how come?" are addressed to encourage the development of sociological imagination
  • Key words and phrases are listed for further discussion
  • Ideas for tutorial and field activities are included with each chapter
  • Further reading sources are provided to take the reader deeper into a particular debate or discussion
Table of contents
Brigid Limerick
Part I: Changing contexts
1.       Mapping the landscape - Daphne Meadmore
2.       Postmodernism for the uninitiated - Clare O'Farrell
3.       Reconstructing childhood - Noeline Kyle
4.       Individuality in education - Erica McWilliam
5.       Rapunzel Barbie or action man? learning the lessons of gender - Jillian Brannock
6.       Indigenous cultures and identities - Sandra Taylor
7.       Reactions to race: Racial reactions - Bruce Burnett
8.       Class counts! social class and education - Daphne Meadmore
9.       Dirt roads, bank closures and ice-cream cake for little lunch: Rural communities and education - Leonie Daws
10.    Youth cultures, style and education - Gordon Tait
Part II: New agendas
11.    Globalisation, postcolonialism and educational change - Anne Hickling-Hudson
12.    Education at what price? - Peter Meadmore
13.    The enterprising school - Erica McWillliam
14.    New minds for new times: Education and the new work order - Peter O'Brien
15.    What makes a good leader? - Erin Neill
16.    'Re-engineering' schools and 're-inventing' teaching - Neil Cranston